Eileen Swarthout appointed to open seat on Tumwater City Council

The Tumwater City Council has appointed Eileen Swarthout to fill an open position on the council.

The appointment was made official at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Council Position 4 was vacated by M. John Way, who resigned Sept. 30 to focus on his career as an attorney in Seattle, the city reports. Way had been appointed to the council in May 2013 and later elected to a full term that expires in 2017.

Swarthout is a 25-year Tumwater resident with extensive of volunteer experience, including service on the Tumwater Hill PTO and the board for Ballet Northwest. She has a bachelor’s degree in public administration and works at the state Department of Health’s call center.

According to her application for the council position, Swarthout said the city’s three highest priorities should focus on growth, managing resources and promoting economic development. Swarthout said she is interested in serving on the general government and public works committees because they deal with a variety of issues including roads, neighborhoods and maintenance of resources, according to the application.

The council made its selection following the interviews of five candidates last week, said Heidi Behrends Cerniway, assistant city administrator. Swarthout’s council position would be up for election in November 2015, with a potential primary election in August 2015.